Kansas City Activists Condemn 'White American Journalism' As Racist

From the same outlet that brought us fake news TikTok rumors about a serial killer amid tenuous connections to reporting regarding an alleged Missouri sex dungeon . . . We now have an attack on the so-called 4th estate. 

Put simply . . .


If we were really "going for it" we might even call it agitprop: "A political strategy in which the techniques of agitation and propaganda are used to influence and mobilize public opinion."

For instance . . . New KCI has been enjoying quite a bit of endless "solidarity reporting" about their new food court that seems to have cost about 2 billion bucks whereas citizen journalism adeptly mobilized social media in order to complain about the poorly planned traffic hot mess.

For us this discussion is (marginally) interesting because we also have our probs with mainstream commercial journalism and believe that blogging and gonzo-style coverage provides an alternative AND MUCH MORE FUN pathway to greater community understanding wherein readers can discover their own truth. 

Our main debate . . . 

So-called "solidarity reporting" is just another form of activism and this screed actually offers a glimpse at the perspective of its proponents . . . They don't want to engage in journalism or any search to define, debate & discuss an objective reality as a public service to readers. They feel it's more important to promote their agenda. In some ways we're all guilty of that . . . However, this discussion doesn't have much to do with the foundations of journalism which are exactly the opposite of this tactic.

As always, here's their side of the story . . .

"The conversation turns to the history of white American journalism and its role in white supremacy, including how white media enabled and empowered white supremacist fascism and racial terror during slavery and Jim Crow. Dr. Varma discusses how solidarity reporting, such as the Black press, differs from traditional journalism (what she terms “monitorial reporting”) and its importance in centering the voices and experiences of marginalized communities.

"The podcast also delves into the issue of police departments and their use of state-sanctioned disinformation, particularly in the case of the Kansas City Police Department. Dr. Varma provides insights on how news outlets can cover police departments and hold them accountable."

Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com link . . .

The Death of Objectivity & How Solidarity Journalism is Taking Its Place

A riveting interview with Dr. Anita Varma challenges the notion of journalistic objectivity and provides a new framework rooted in traditions like the Black, ethnic press and labor press. In this riveting and deeply thought-provoking episode, host Ryan Sorrell is joined by Dr. Anita Varma, a leading Journalism scholar renowned for challenging traditional, white supremacist values in media.

You decide . . .